Hobonichi Planner: Daily Template

October 26, 2015
Mock-up of page to show sections & content
As promised, here is my current daily layout for the Hobonichi Techo Cousin.  I know that heavily templated daily planners are all the rage lately (Day Designer, Simple Planner, and many more) but I love the flexibility (and the look) of doing it myself.  This way, I get to decide exactly what goes on the page, and how much space every category gets.
I realize that the above is rather small and blogger tends to do something odd to wash out photos, so I also uploaded a shareable version on Google Drive: HERE.
A brief summary of each section:
Checkboxes at the top:  I use these to record morning activities.  Currently, they are M (meditation), J (journal), and whatever workout/run I have planned.
Checkboxes along the left:  These are for each patient scheduled – I check off the box once the note is DONE!  Oddly motivating.  I will also note any scheduled meetings or time-sensitive activities in this area.
Under the checkboxes:  An area to plan an evening activity (usually something as mundane as Watch Silicon Valley but I like having something to look forward to!)
HOME / WORK to-do lists:  Pulled from my weekly list and culled to just a couple of items each so that these are actually manageable (for me, this is key; I get very overwhelmed looking at the full weekly list and do much better when I decide in advance what to tackle on any given day).
Bottom left, in red:  Nutrition log.  I do not use any food related apps, nor do I count calories or subscribe to any specific limitations.  I have decided I am a moderator in this realm 🙂 But writing down what I eat helps me to ensure that moderation actually stays . . . moderate.  For me, this is a great way to remain accountable/aware without inviting obsession.
Bottom right: Blog ideas, random thoughts, memories, etc.  
So there you have it!  As 2016 planner season draws near, I will do some more posts on how my use of the other sections of the Hobonichi has evolved (2016 will be my 3rd 🙂 ).  
Which planner are you using in 2016?  Do you like a “fixed” layout, or something more flexible?


  • Reply Ana March 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I really love this—and I am not really a "planner girl" usually! I like the idea of one centralized place to write everything, plus the motivation of everything but ONLY those things that need doing in a day. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Cheryl March 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm


  • Reply Zenmoo March 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I’m using the Hobonichi cousin 2016 as well for next year. I’m currently using a spring start 2015 and have decided to play around with the format to decide what I think will work for me. I’ve got a similar 4 block layout but with a few tweaks. – I tend to use the daily pages for work and the weekly spread for personal planning. My bottom right is for notes from meetings and left for new work-to items. I use the checkboxes for any personal to-do items. All my workouts and meal planning go on the weekly spread. Birthdays, parties & random well forecast events go on the monthly pages

  • Reply WordPress Themes March 10, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    Nice and great piece of work.

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